Our Senior Management Team and ensure that Cedar's Vision, Mission and strategic objectives are met.

Stephen Mathews OBE

Chief Executive

Image shows Cedar CEO Stephen MathewsStephen is the Chief Executive of The Cedar Foundation, a position he has held since 1991. Cedar supports over 3000 individuals and families across NI living with disability, autism and brain injury to live the lives they choose.

He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. respectively, from the Universities of Ulster and Birmingham and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Stephen is a past Chair of CO3, The Association of 3rd Sector Chief Executives in Northern Ireland.  He is NI advisor to UK the grant giving charitable foundation The Henry Smith’s Charity. Stephen’s professional interests include leadership development, strategic planning and performance management in the 3rd and Public Sectors. He has led the Cedar Foundation to wide recognition as an EFQM European Excellence Award winner, for the public and not for profit sector and most recently as an Investor in People Platinum organisation. Stephen was appointed OBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours for services to people with a disability.

Eileen Thomson

Image shows Deputy Chief Executive Eileen Thomson.Deputy Chief Executive

Eileen Thomson, Deputy Chief Executive of Cedar, is a Queen’s University graduate with a Masters in Social Work (1978), Masters in Organisation & Management (2003) and NVQ Level V in Strategic Management.

Eileen's early career was in social work in the statutory sector in both practitioner and management posts. Eileen has a sister with cerebral palsy and had personal contact with Cedar before coming to work for the organization, initially as Senior Social Worker in 1984. She is a Lay Member of the Care Tribunal.

Elaine Armstrong

Director of Employability & Community Inclusion

Elaine has worked with Cedar Foundation since 1994. During this time she has been instrumental in establishing the current regional Brain Injury services, launched as a pilot in 1995. Elaine's experience involves having an active role in designing and delivering socio-vocational rehabilitation programmes aimed at promoting community inclusion after brain injury working in close partnership with statutory services to design and deliver bespoke services for people with brain injury.

Elaine is currently Director of Employability and Community Inclusion with responsibility for our Employment and Community Services for children and adults with disability, autism and brain injury.

Elaine has experience throughout her time at Cedar working on European Partnership initiatives bringing additional expertise and learning that can be applied to local services and also enhancing the opportunities for people with disabilities to have an active role in leading edge research, such as design of Brain Computer Interface technologies.

Elaine is a member of the Northern Ireland Traumatic Brain Injury Forum and Regional Communication Group. Recently Elaine has played a role in the HSCB Regional Acquired Brain Injury Action Plan working groups, in particular in developing the pathway document for Adult Community Brain Injury Services for the Voluntary sector in Northern Ireland and proposing the training standards framework for staff working within Brain Injury Services.  Elaine is an Ulster University graduate with a BSc Hons in Applied Psychology, post-graduate qualifications in Psychology (MSc Health Psychology, MSc Applied Psychology) and holds a level 5 Operational Management qualification.  She holds professional membership of the British Psychological Society.

Linda Keers

Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Linda Keers, Director of Finance and Corporate ServicesLinda joined the Cedar Foundation in February 2005 as Financial Controller and Head of Administration. Linda has 15 years experience in the financial and operational management of independent sector nursing home groups both in Northern Ireland and the UK mainland. She has also experience of European funding following a 2 year period of secondment to the Special EU Programmes Body as an N+2 Officer for both the Peace II and Interreg European programmes in Northern and Southern Ireland.

Linda is responsible for managing the overall financial operation of The Cedar Foundation and for the management of the administration function within Corporate Services.

Kieran Molloy

Head of Employability

Kieran Molloy, Head of EmployabilityKieran has worked in the training and employment field since 1990 having graduated from the University of Wales with a BSc degree in Mathematics.  He joined the Cedar Foundation as Employment Development Officer in 1996 before moving to his current position in 1998.

Kieran has responsibility for a range of services across Northern Ireland aimed at helping people with disabilities to develop employability skills, secure and maintain employment or get involved in the community.  These include Cedar's Inclusion Works programme in the Belfast and South Eastern areas as well as Supported Employment Services regionally.  Since joining Cedar he has undertaken a wide range of professional development training and has achieved NVQ V in Operational Management, Advanced Diploma in Operational Management and Diploma in Supported Employment.  Kieran is Co-Chair of the Supported Employment Solutions (SES) partnership and represents Cedar on a number of key strategic bodies including the Board of the Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment.

Rosie McNaughton

Head of Community Inclusion

Rosie McNaughton, Head of Community InclusionRosie McNaughton was appointed to Head of Children and Young Peoples Services in January 2007. A former Community Children’s Nurse, she joined the Children and Young People Service in 1999 as Area Fieldworker and was promoted to Deputy Manager in Jan 03 and Deputy Head of Service in May 04.

Rosie has been involved in the design of services for Children with disabilities within Cedar for a number of years and most recently has taken forward the development of an innovative service for children with complex health care needs (Inreach).

On the policy front Rosie currently sits within the Board of Children in NI and Fleming Fulton School and is a member a number of strategic groups including Children with Disability Strategic Alliance (CDSA) and the Regional Acquired Brain Injury Implementation Group (RABIIG).

She has recently completed an NVQ Level 5 in management.

Deborah Stevenson

Head of Living Options

Deborah Stevenson, Head of Living OptionsDeborah Stevenson joined the Cedar Foundation in January 2009 as Head of living Options. Deborah qualified as a Registered Nurse in Surrey and worked for the NHS Learning Disability Services for a number of years before returning to Northern Ireland to work in both private and voluntary sector organisations, at senior management level since 1996.

In 2000 she graduated with B.Sc. (Hons) in Management from the School of Health Science (UUC) and additionally holds an Advanced Diploma in Management Practice with the Ulster Business School.

Deborah has been involved with the provision of residential care for over twenty years and has managed supported living options since 2003, working with people who have acquired brain injury, sensory impairment, physical and learning disabilities as well as those who have complex needs and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.


Louise Campbell

Head of Living Options

Louise Campbell qualified as a learning disability nurse from Queens University School of Nursing and Midwifery in 2002. Louise then worked for 2 years in the voluntary sector caring for those with complex needs and behaviours that challenge. 

Louise moved to London in 2004 and began working in the voluntary sector in South London as a manager of a community based support team for people with learning disability and mental health.  Louise then moved to manage a forensic service for several years then ,oved to specialise in management of substance abuse and mental health in minority groups. 

In 2010 Louise returned to Northern Ireland working as a Nurse Manager in a home for the elderly with dementia.  Louise then returned to work in the voluntary sector in 2011 managing services for people with substance abuse, mental health, learning disability and homelessness.  

Louise joined The Cedar Foundation in March 2013 as Deputy Head and now is Head of Service for the Positive Behaviour Support services in Living Options. 

Louise is a Positive Behaviour Coach with BILD and continues to maintain her professional development ensuring she remains registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. 


Jeanette Mc Geown

Head of Living Options                                                                     

Jeanette Mc Geown joined The Cedar Foundation in 1991, working with adults who have an acquired brain injury, sensory impairment, physical and learning disabilities. From 2007 Jeanette has been employed as a Registered Manager within the Supported Living Services. In 2010, she was appointed Deputy Head of Service within Living Options. Since 2013, she has managed Supported Living Services in the Greater Belfast area supporting adults with an acquired brain injury, sensory impairment, physical and learning disability as well as those with complex needs and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Jeanette took up the position of Head of Living Options with effect from October 2018. Jeanette has a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Adult Management) and a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Adult Residential Services). Jeanette is currently pursuing a BA (Honours) in Health and Social Care.